A human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has reprimanded the Federal Government for being lack luster over Toba Falode’s death in Dubai, the UAE, while it showed concern in a similar incident involving son of a former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. Citing bias, Keyamo said the government had not shown the same “swift response” to “similar incidents involving other Nigerian citizens.” While admitting Oyamuyefa was killed “under questionable circumstances” and “particularly painful”, Keyamo wondered why the Federal Government has not issued any “statement calling on the U.A.E. authorities to fish out the killers of Toba Falode.” Toba, son of a journalist, Aisha Falode, was murdered under “hazy circumstances” last February. Keyamo said Falode was compelled to “carry out some discreet investigation into those circumstances and has since been crying out for justice for her son.”
Keyamo said: “The Federal Government has played the ostrich in the case of Toba, leaving the mother and family grieving alone. “If the Federal Government has shown more interest in the case of Toba, perhaps the precious life of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha would have been saved.
“It is important to note that we have written statements of witnesses who confirmed that the killer of Toba Falode confessed to the crime, and these statements have since been forwarded to the UAE Government, but it is such a shame that nothing has been heard or done, eight months after.
“We hope this is a bitter lesson to the Federal Government and we hereby re-iterate our call on the Federal Government to show more interest in the quest to find the killers of Toba Falode and bring them to justice.”